Rare butterflies and dragonflies in Norfolk

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Sailing yacht on the River Ant
I enjoyed a fabulous day out yesterday with the usual 'Dragon Gang'! We had prbooked the trip and were hoping for good weather as we had a long day ahead - a three and a half hour drive into the heart of the Norfolk Broads. We met up at Roger's house at Melton Ross and 5.30 am and set off for Norfolk stopping for breakfast just outside Fakenham. Our first reserve was How Hill NNR by the River Ant near to Horning. This is a delightful little reserve and we were son kitted up and searching for butterflies and dragonflies. We soon foubd our first swallowtails, some in the meadow and more on the banks of the river. I was fascinated by the busy water traffic including several yachts in full sail taking along and presumably taking precedence over powered craft. It was an idyllic scene. Although there were more swallotails feeding on the abundant marsh thistles on the river bank, it was windy here which made them difficult to photograph so we concentrated on the ones in the meadow. What stunning insects there large butterflies are. Pictures can be found in latest images. As there wre fewer dragonflies here we moved on to RSPB Strumpshaw fen on the banks of the River Yare. Here we were lucky straight away and joined the other groups of people observing and photographing the superb rare Norfolk Hawkers. We laso found Scarce Skimmer and Broad Bodied Chasers in magnificent condition. Strumpshaw is another wondeful reserve set in the magnificent Norlk Broads.